Sailor Kiwaguro pigmented ink
A few months ago my friend @spatialsketch told me about this pigmented ink and so I bought a bottle. She also told me that it came in cartridges and I noticed the Kinokunyia in Sydney stocked them. I use bottled ink 99% of the time – refilling my fountain pens using a convertor or refilling cartridges (see this article for more details).
But there are times when having the option of a cartridge would be handy – ie. having a spare cartridge in my bag would be great if I happen to run out of ink when I’m out sketching for the day. In fact, the barrel of the Sailor Fude de Mannen has space for a second cartridge!
The other day I had left my fude pen at home (I had taken the pen out of my bag to refill and forgotten to put it back!) but I was able to pop into Kinokunyia and buy another 55-degree Sailor Fude de Mannen (green) pen and a pack of cartridges. (I can always do with another Fude pen, can’t I?)
And while I was there I saw a blue option – the Souboku ink which is also pigmented. So I bought a second Fude (the dark blue 40-degree version). Hopeless I know! 🙂
I’ve heard from a few people that this pigmented ink is not as quick drying as other options (such as my favourite – De Atramentis Document Ink) but I didn’t notice any problems as I sketched with both inks.
The other Sailor product that I’ve recently added to my gear is a Sailor Fude dip pen. This is another thing that @spatialsketch told me about and I have to say that I’m very excited about this discovery!
The Hocoro dip pen is a small plastic nib holder – here is it in comparison with my Fude de Mannen fountain pen. The nib can be reversed and stored inside the handle for traveling which is great.
And as for how much you can draw with one dip…
This pen suits me better than the Kakimori nib. I prefer the more varied (sometimes scratchy) line of this pen.
I’m still getting used to the right amount of ink to pick up and so occasionally get big drops of ink. But that just adds to the fun!
This sketch that I shared last week was done with this dip pen… and you can see some of the excess ink in places. Note especially the orange ink explosion that occurs at the teacup handle. (I was using Super5 Dehli ink in this sketch.)
I haven’t had much of a chance to properly test this pen but I can say already that I’m a fan! I’m busy finishing off the content for my Teacups course – starting next week – but once that settles down I’m looking forward to testing this dip pen properly.
I would love to hear from you if you have used either of these Sailor products
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